Tropar - Tone 4
With thy virtues, as with the rays of the sun, thou didst enlighten the unbelieving philosophers; and like the most radiant moon shining on those who walk at night, thou didst drive away the darkness of unbelief. Thou didst bring the empress to faith and didst denounce the tyrant, O divinely elect bride. O blessed Catherine, with desire thou didst make haste to the heavenly bridal chamber, to Christ the most comely Bridegroom, and by Him has thou been crowned with a royal crown. Standing with the angels before Him, do thou pray for us who keep thy most honored memory.
Kondak - Tone 2
O ye who love the martyrs, raise up an honored chorus in godly manner; honoring the most wise Catherine; for in the arena she preached Christ and trod upon the serpent, putting down the knowledge of the rhetors.
We are currently celebrating with Fr. Igor and the faithful of St. Andrew's Russian Orthodox Church.
6465 54th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33709
We would like to thank Fr. Igor and the St. Andrew's community for their gracious hospitality.
The Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost.
By the grace of God and the intercessions of our Lady Theotokos and the Great and Holy Martyr Catherine we will serve the Divine Liturgy in English on Saturday, December 7th at 9am, the Feast of St. Catherine the Great Martyr.
Vespers, Compline and Akathist are being served at a private residence in Seminole every Thursday at 3pm. Please email me if you would like the address.
We hope to see those of you who are in the area at the Liturgy and have a cup of fellowship afterwards. The Liturgy after the Liturgy is quite important for all of us, especially for newcomers and inquirers.
Monday, November 4 - The Kazan Icon of the Mother of God. Moleban at 8am.
Saturday, November 9 - Vigil at 5pm.
Sunday, November 10 - The Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost. St. Job, abbot of Pochaev. Divine Liturgy at 10am.
Saturday, November 16 - Vigil at 5pm.
Sunday, November 17 - The Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost. St. Joannicius the Great. Divine Liturgy at 10am.
Wednesday, November 20 - Vigil at 5pm.
Thursday, November 21 - The Synaxis of St. Archangel Michael and the Angelic Host. Divine Liturgy at 9am.
Saturday, November 23 - Vigil at 5pm.
Sunday, November 24 - The Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost. Martyrs Minas, Victor, Vincent. Divine Liturgy at 10am.
If you live in the greater Tampa Bay area and are interested in Orthodoxy or would like to help in establishing a traditional Orthodox parish in English please call 727-239-9186 and leave a message or e-mail me at email@example.com.
I'd love to hear from you!
The Orthodox Church is evangelical, but not Protestant. It is Orthodox (meaning 'right belief') but not Jewish. It is catholic (meaning universal) but not Roman. It is not non-denominational, it is pre-denominational. It has been believed, taught, preserved, defended, and died for since its institution in 33 AD at the Feast of Pentecost. It is the Faith that has established the universe...
Fr. Stephen Zaremba
We are convinced that many today earnestly seek the ancient Christian Faith. It does not need to be rediscovered or reinvented. It is here -now. Always has been, always will be. It is our conviction that there are many who seek the true Life, the true Light, who seek to receive the heavenly Spirit, to worship the undivided Trinity. They are unknowingly Orthodox in heart; they yearn for Orthodoxy yet do not know that it even exists.
The Orthodox Faith is what has been believed by everyone everywhere from the beginning. It is not a religion, it is a way of life, it is life in Christ. It is open to all.
Why the Russian Orthodox Church? Because the Russian Orthodox Church has a rich history of missionary work, spreading the Gospel of Christ throughout the world.
Several Russian Orthodox Saints worked to enlighten America with the Gospel of Christ, beginning in Alaska where a great multitude of native Alaskans were brought to Christ. Among them are St. Herman of Alaska, St. Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow and Apostle to America, St. Innocent of Alaska and St. Jacob of Alaska (a native Alaskan). This was, of course, before the onslaught of godless communism, but has been rediscovered after the collapse of communism as churches are being renewed, rebuilt and new ones opened throughout Russia. Twenty- nine thousand churches have been opened in twenty-eight years. That’s one thousand a year or three a day. Despite what you see on tv or the internet, Russia is rediscovering it’s rich Christian heritage and once again becoming a Christian country, something which contrasts greatly with modern America, which is speedily forsaking and even renouncing it’s Christian heritage, just like Western Europe has done.
This rekindling of Russian Orthodox piety is resulting in the renewal of missionary ferver throughout the world.
Being the one Holy, Catholic (which means universal and should not be confused with being Roman) and Apostolic Church, the Orthodox Church has always sought to go and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. And while the Orthodox Church is often associated with the ethnic communities who brought the Faith with them from their homelands, one does not need to be Russian, Greek, Serbian, Syrian or any other ethnicity. One only needs the desire to embrace the Gospel, to encounter Christ.
We are looking for persons/families who wish to learn to live the life in Christ and form an Orthodox Christian community in the
St. Petersburg, FL area. All services are celebrated in English. If you are interested, please contact Fr. Stephen at or call him at 727-239-9186.
As Philip once told Nathaniel: Come and see!
The following was a letter to the Roman Emperor Hadrian (d.138AD) from the Athenian Orator Aristides in which he depicts how the Early Christians lived. This is how Christianity conquered the world. This is how it will do so again...
“The Christians know and trust God…They placate those who oppress them and make them their friends; they do good to their enemies. Their wives are absolutely pure, and their daughters modest. Their men abstain from unlawful marriage and are free from all impurity: If any of them have bondwomen or children, they persuade them to become Christians for the love they have toward them; and when they become so, they call them without distinction brothers…They love one another: They do not refuse to help the widows. They rescue the orphan from him who does him violence. He who has, gives ungrudgingly to him who has not. If they see a stranger; they take him to their dwellings and rejoice over him as over a real brother; for they do not call themselves brothers after the flesh, but after the Spirit and in God…If any one among them is poor and needy; and they do not have food to spare, they fast for two or three days, that they may supply him with necessary food. They scrupulously obey the commands of their Messiah. Every morning and every hour they thank and praise God for His loving-kindness toward them…Because of them there flows forth all the beauty that there is in the world. But the good deeds they do, they do not proclaim in the ears of the multitude, but they take care that no one shall perceive them. Thus they labor to become righteous…Truly, this is a new people and there is something divine in them.”